History of Manufacturing: Work/labour, Debt and Change in the Nature of Time (2019)

[at School of Design, Nirma University]
History of Design is a very complex thing. It offers an opportunity to understand the different components of industrial and communication design. How have these components been effected by the growth and changes in the economy and society? What is the scope for learning in this for future entrepreneurs and startups? The industrial revolution was a unique period of high-growth, population shift and growth and changes in the urban environment. This course looks at the repercussions of such an intense time on labour, conditions of work, our indebtedness and the nature of time. These four aspects of our life have been altered in an irreversible way by industrialisation. This course offers a reflective study of these issues.

Web Curation (2013)

[at Arts & Humanities, CEPT University] Web Curation is an emerging practice of engaging with web based content in a way that attempts to listen to voices in the pool of noise that the web has become. Seeking out content from this pool of noise means to understand the context from which the content emerges and design strategies around that context. If expression is a sign of a trigger, then unfiltered, untapped content can be accessed most easily and abundantly on the web. It then becomes the responsibility of other co-inhabitants of the eco-system to be able to design flows and channels that tender this expressive content in a navigable form for audiences. The curator, literally the one who cures, is not the gate-keeper in the context of the web, but is the agent who can create envelopes of meaning and frames of enhanced signification and audience. This process will be outlined in the one week workshop.

New Media Studies (2013)

[New Media Design, National Institute of Design] Workshop brief: As an introduction to theory and philosophical threads in the study of media, its relationship with society and its development across time needs to be understood. Much like the application of design process, the definition of problem-solution has had a primary role in the development of media. This is one set of questions that we bring back and look at, but once we already have the media environment populated by an array of media, how do we interrogate them? Theory offers us one lens to interrogate the past in the language of analysis that delineates a continuity with the specific objective of tracing a link to our present. But the density of dealing with texts the offers another difficulty of wading through them and synthesising a personal vision. Experiencing the construction of a philosophical argument is much more enriching process. We will experience the construction of such arguments in the space of conversation, enactment and group play. Each such experience will be clustered around themes and scripts developed out of a distilled understanding of moments of philosophical clarity in a historical landscape.